September 6, 1946|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NBA draft||1968 / Round: 11 / Pick: 147th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Small forward / Guard|
|Number||12, 24, 1|
|1968–1971||Dallas / Texas Chaparrals|
|1975–1976||Spirits of St. Louis|
|1976–1978||Kansas City Kings|
|1978–1979||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||17,437 (16.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,348 (4.2 rpg)|
|Steals||823 (1.3 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ronald Bruce Boone (born September 6, 1946) is a retired American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He is the long-time and current color commentator on Utah Jazz broadcasts.
High school career
After two seasons with the Dallas Chaparrals (1968–71), Boone played for five seasons with the Utah Stars (1971–75). He was also on the Stars' championship team in the 1971 ABA Finals. After five seasons with the Stars, Boone played for the Spirits of St. Louis during the 1975–76 season. After the ABA–NBA merger in June 1976 Boone played in the NBA for the Kansas City Kings for two seasons (1976–78) and then for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons. Boone then returned to Utah, finishing his professional career with two seasons as a member of the Utah Jazz.
In Terry Pluto's collection of the oral history of the ABA, Loose Balls, interviewees noted that Boone's nickname was "The Legend", because he always showed up each season in shape and always was remarkably consistent. At the time of his retirement, Boone had the distinction of having played the most consecutive games of any player in the history of professional basketball – 1,041 in a row between the ABA and NBA. This record has since been broken by A. C. Green. However, Boone played at least 20 minutes in each game.
American Basketball Association (ABA) accolades
Boone finished 3rd all-time in ABA scoring with 12,153, behind Dan Issel (12,823) and Louie Dampier (13,726). He finished 6th all-time in assists (2,569), 5th in games played (662), 5th in minutes played (21,586), 2nd in personal fouls (2,245), and 1st in turnovers (2,327). As of the 2016-17 season, Boone ranks 84th in all-time points scored, 17 points behind Earl Monroe. Of the top five leading scorers in ABA history (Dampier, Issel, Mel Daniels, and Julius Erving), Boone is the only one of the five not in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- DatabaseBasketball.com Ron Boone page Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Jazz Waive Boone, Ending His Streak of 1,041 Games", The New York Times, January 27, 1981, 2007 Check date values in:
- Remember the ABA: Utah Stars Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine.